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Former England and Aston Villa defender Gary Charles appointed as new manager of Nuneaton Town

Nuneaton Town have handed former England international Gary Charles his first managerial role.

The Boro have moved quickly to replace Dino Maamria after he left for Stevenage last week.

Charles, who played twice for England under Graham Taylor, is a UEFA A licence holder and had a stint as assistant manager at Lincoln City.

Nuneaton chairman Lee Thorn said: “I’ve known Gary a long time and admire his professionalism and commitment.

“It was always the plan to have him involved at Nuneaton from next season, so when the position of manager opened up it was an easy decision.

“It’s an exciting new chapter. It’s nice to be back on the training ground and being around the players. We’ve got a good mix of older and younger professionals and I’ve had the chance to bring some of the youth team players in to train with the first team squad.

“It’s been a good first week or so and it was great to start off with a win against Walsall which gave us a good base carry to in to the Alfreton Town match on Good Friday.”

Charles began his career at Nottingham Forest where he was signed as a 14-year-old by Brian Clough.

He went on to play for Derby County and Aston Villa, where he won the League Cup, as well as Benfica and then West Ham.

Charles has been director of football at the University of Nottinghamand and spent five months as assistant manager at Lincoln.

He has also worked in player recruitment for Roy Keane at Sunderland and Ipswich as well as for Sean Dyche at Burnley.

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